Religion's role

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 12:00am

In 'Lessons in values' (October 7), J. Garner says: 'Ironic, isn't it? The mainland welcomes Japanese males exploiting Chinese women, but expels or imprisons preachers who advocate a higher morality and respect for one's neighbour.'

One cannot help feel the irony he speaks of. Looking back at the history of men (especially westerners) exploiting religion to achieve their means gives one good reason to pause. The cruelty, atrocities, murders and exploitation committed in the name of religion are probably still to be matched.

So I, for one, do not condemn China's efforts to control such 'preachers' with motives more ulterior than those mentioned in the letter.


Singapore leadership

Quite how Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong can keep a straight face when stating governance of Singapore is not a family business amazes me ('Singapore deputy PM won't have a problem telling his father when to quit', October 13).

Perhaps looking up the word 'nepotism' might be in order.

MARK PEAKER, Southern District